The panel that hears your case will normally be made up of two people, a member and a chairperson, who will be introduced to you. Video: Please note the video shows a three-member panel which is no longer the norm Panel members are local people who, like magistrates, are lay volunteers who receive training in these matters.
The members are independent of both the Valuation Office Agency and the council.
The clerk will be in the hearing room, near to the members. The clerk is there to offer advice on the relevant law, practice and procedures to the panel, and to draft the panel’s decision. Video: Please note the video shows a three-member panel which is no longer the norm.
Finally, there may be a representative from the other party (VOA or council) there and you may know them from your negotiations prior to the hearing.
There may be other appellants present, waiting to have their cases heard or, rarely, other members of the public observing. Tribunal proceedings are public hearings and only in exceptional circumstances can members of the public be excluded from observing.